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The Sum of Any Number of Zeros (Em075)






Christian Munthe - guitar

Martin Ohman - drums / percussion

This is their first release on Electronic Musik.

Recorded 27th March 2007 by Keith Talent.

Cover art collage by Janet Simpson

www.myspace.com/christianmunthe
www.myspace.com/martinohman
www.myspace.com/electronicmusiklabel




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Christian Munthe says -

I've been involved in free improvised music since the mid 1980's. Before that, I played in various styles stretching from straight rock'nroll, progressive, fusion, jazz etc. etc.. I do this besides my regular job as a philosopher. Very seldom do I mix these parts of my life, but some years ago I wrote a series of essays on the concept of free improvised music - an English version of one of them is HERE.

I do some solo playing (recent projects being The Backside Suite , and Blowing the Wind) - but I actually prefer to collaborate with others. Some of the people I have collaborated/am collaborating with: Günter Christmann, Anders Dahl, Mats Gustafsson, Thomas Lehn, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, , Raymond Strid, Roger Turner, Philipp Wachsmann. A few recordings have been released over the years.

My most longstanding collaboration is Two Slices of Acoustic Car, a duo w. saxplayer Mats Gustafsson. We've been doing it since 1986 - sparsely these days, but we actually met up and did a small bagatelle at the perspectives festival in Västerås - first gig since 1999 - and maybe we'll get around celebrating our 20+ years jubilee in a proper manner before it becomes time for 30, we'll see.

At the moment, besides various ad hoc situations, my more active collaborations are a number of duos: one with UK percussionist Roger Turner, and one with electronics artist/composer/improviser Anders Dahl. Also, quite recently, I've started collaborations with drummer/electronicsplayer Martin Öhman, vocalist Mariam Wallentin, French altosaxplayer Christine Sehnaoui, and UK percusionist Patrick Farmer.

In more general terms, besides the obvious one in free improvising, my interests at the moment tends to gravitate towards transcending structural boundaries (noice-melody, acoustic-electronic, loud-silent, unpleasant-beautiful...., you get the picture) and create through challenges.

Martin Ohman says -

After beeing born on august 30th 1979, I can´t remeber a thing until we, when I was five, got a new neighbour. One year after getting a new neighbour my dear parents gave me a drumkit. I been playin´drums for almost 22 years but they still surprise me everytime! I like the small sounds, I like making small sounds big. I do this with the help of some electronic divices...Check out my band "t h e m o t h" (myspace.com/themothsweden) for these kind of things. Also check out Johan Melander & Nya Stan for some nice swedish popmusic!

Although improvisation is close to my heart I enjoy composing music. I write music for films and for various people and constellations, feel free to contact me if you need some music. Im interested in politics and spend a lot of my time figuring out how we can change this upside down world of ours... Right now I´m somewhat obsessed with David Lynch´s movies and series, check em out! Peace!

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